"All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
Humming
All the way to Reno
You've dusted the non-believers
And challenged the laws of chance
Now, sweet
You were so sugar sweet
You may as well have had 'kick me'
Fastened on your sleeve

You know what you are,
You're gonna be a star
You know what you are
You're gonna be a star

Wing
Is written on your feet
Your Achilles heel
Is a tendency
To dream
But you've know that from the beginning
You didn't have to go so far
You didn't have to go.

You know what you are,
You're gonna be a star
You know what you are
You're gonna be a star

You know who you are
You know who you are
You know who you are.

Humming
All the way to Reno,
You've written your own directions
And whistled the rules of change

You know what you are
You're gonna be a star
You know what you are
You're gonna be a star
You know what you are
You're gonna be a star
You know what you are
You're gonna be a star

Humming
All the way to Reno
All the way to Reno
All the way to Reno

You're gonna be a star, you are
You're gonna be a star
You're gonna be a star, you are
You're gonna be a star


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"All the Way to Reno" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

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    General CommentI love the video for this song. Very cool.
    SMUSER17000412on October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, the naivete of youth...
    Anyone who goes to Reno hoping to be a star truly is naive, after all.
    Akakuroon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's sort of got the same meaning as the chili peppers californication. its about young people (who in this case go to reno instead of l.a.) who think they'll be big stars, but instead end up as big failures.
    epp88on June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is surreal, very surreal. Wait until the two by four of reality smashes you headlong back into it. I am reminded of being on a high when I hear this song. Michael Stipe is an excellent songwriter.
    OpinionHeadon October 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentVideo is indeed very cool!

    This song gives me mixed feelings though
    Sirius1on March 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI heard somewhere this song is about Tony Joe White. Perhaps someone can explain this further cause i cant
    Latemon October 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI heard somewhere this song is about Tony Joe White. Perhaps someone can explain this further cause i cant
    Latemon October 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song because of how well R.E.M. portrays how naive one can be in their youth. By thinking that if they go to Reno, as R.E.M. say "You're gonna be a star".
    Raspberry_Cordialon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it is leaping to conclusions to say the song is about how 'foolish' people can be if they think they're gonna be a star by going to Reno. I don't believe that is what the song is saying. Stipe is undoubtedly talking about the innocence of youth, perhaps arrogance (dusted the non believers
    ).
    But he does not say you're a fool for dreaming. Far from it. He is saying you are a dreamer and so be it, but you are following these dreams. He is simply saying some people take that blind leap of faith which many do not. I read it and think Stipe is pleased, almost envious, of this person because they are following their dreams. It is the thoughts of a dreamer with ambitions, who knows where they ended up...
    HaroldErwinon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with HaroldErwin; it's undoubtedly about being young and naive, but it's not neccessarily an indictment of that stage in life that many of us go through. I mean, it's not completely disingenuous - take 'Your Achilles heel is a tendancy to dream,' for example.
    I get a hint of condescending knowingness as well as envy - good songwriting!
    richeyeon March 19, 2006   Link

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